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Which would be a better match for the A700, the DX or the DG? Games, movies, music.

It would be a no brainer (DX) except for the amp dilemna. Would the amp on the DG produce better sound on this 64 ohm headset, or would there be no difference? Thanks in advance smile.gif
post #2 of 10
A quick search comparison on this forum suggests that both cards perform roughly the same: http://www.overclock.net/sound-cards-computer-audio/887291-asus-xonar-dg-vs-dx.html

If I were in your position I would go ahead and buy the DG as it has an amp and is cheaper as well. On top of that you don't need external power for the card which contributes to cleanliness within your case if you care about that.

I personally own the DG but have nothing to compare it to other than onboard audio. I also own decent bookshelf speakers along with headphones for other times so I can vouch for the sound quality of the DG.
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Thanks for the response--I've been looking back a couple dozen pages here just to see if I could get a solid answer but I was never able to find quite what I was looking for.

I do care about the cleanliness of my case so that's definitely a consideration. Think I'm leaning toward the DGs now. Thanks again!
post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by Mumbles37;15392450 
Thanks for the response--I've been looking back a couple dozen pages here just to see if I could get a solid answer but I was never able to find quite what I was looking for.

I do care about the cleanliness of my case so that's definitely a consideration. Think I'm leaning toward the DGs now. Thanks again!

Glad I could help =]
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Or you can get a D1.
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Originally Posted by RallyMaster;15392825 
Or you can get a D1.

This. The D1 is the "real" DX. The DX is a D1 with a chip that converts the signals from PCI to PCIe. That chip is what requires the extra power.

I have a D1/A700 setup and like it a lot.
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post #7 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by MKHunt;15469709 
This. The D1 is the "real" DX. The DX is a D1 with a chip that converts the signals from PCI to PCIe. That chip is what requires the extra power.

Actually the reason it has an external power connector is because the card requires the +5v rail, which PCI-e slots don't have (PCI slots have all 3 rails). Why it uses a floppy connector is beyond me, though.
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post #8 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chunky_Chimp;15469726 
Actually the reason it has an external power connector is because the card requires the +5v rail, which PCI-e slots don't have (PCI slots have all 3 rails). Why it uses a floppy connector is beyond me, though.

Ooh good to know! Thanks for the information, I've always been told the converter needs the power.
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post #9 of 10
well it still needs the power because it is not PCI but PCIe
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post #10 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by cdoublejj;15469873 
well it still needs the power because it is not PCI but PCIe

Correct, there is more power drawn but the data sheet for the bridge chip indicates it uses only 400 milliwatts @ 1.5v; insignificant compared to most other add-on devices in the system. wink.gif
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